Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

Linux Auto-detects My Hardware, Why Can't Windows Do That?


  • Please log in to reply
4 replies to this topic

#1 NewsAndHistory

NewsAndHistory

  • Members
  • 14 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:09:09 PM

Posted 03 October 2008 - 02:40 PM

Please tell me how to get Windows XP Pro to auto-detect my drivers & utilities on my Dell computer like Linux has done during the installation-process?

So far, Windows XP Pro hasn't auto-detected any of those things (listed below), like Linux did almost immediately after I installed it on my Dell Laptop computer:

• Ethernet controller
• Multimedia Audio Controller
• Network Controller
• PCI Modem
• Video Controller (VGA Compatible)

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 buddy215

buddy215

  • Moderator
  • 13,102 posts
  • ONLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:West Tennessee
  • Local time:09:09 PM

Posted 03 October 2008 - 02:53 PM

You will need to go to the Dell Support page in the link below to find the drivers for your particular computer. You can then load them on a CD and transfer them to your Windows OS. You can use your Linux for downloading and making the drivers CD.
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...=gen&~ck=gp


EDIT: correct spelling

Edited by buddy215, 03 October 2008 - 02:58 PM.

“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss
A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”

#3 NewsAndHistory

NewsAndHistory
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 14 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:09:09 PM

Posted 03 October 2008 - 03:34 PM

Thanks for replying. I appreciate your help. Please tell me if that CD would be a "data CD" (which contains the .exe files I downloaded from Dell) or would that CD have to be a non-Data CD (example: "Bootable CD"), which runs the programs and installs the drivers automatically after it's inserted in the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM)?

Edited by NewsAndHistory, 03 October 2008 - 03:36 PM.


#4 buddy215

buddy215

  • Moderator
  • 13,102 posts
  • ONLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:West Tennessee
  • Local time:09:09 PM

Posted 03 October 2008 - 03:56 PM

No, it does not have to be bootable. The individual driver files will install themselves once on your computer and opened.
“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss
A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”

#5 NewsAndHistory

NewsAndHistory
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 14 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:09:09 PM

Posted 03 October 2008 - 04:00 PM

Thanks for helping me. :thumbsup: This forum has always been a great source of friends & kind tech-savvy strangers, like you.

-Problem solved.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users